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Ruth S. Gutzmann, 84

Ruth Selma Bertha (Asmus) Gutzmann, age 84, of Waconia, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at the Auburn Home in Waconia.

She was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the daughter of Oscar and Mayme (Sieg) Asmus. Ruth was baptized shortly after her birth in the family home, and confirmed in the faith April 10, 1938, at the St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Ruth attended the St. James Parochial School and graduated from the Howard Lake High School in 1942.

She was united in marriage with Wayne R. Gutzmann Oct. 20, 1945, at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Hollywood Township. The couple made their home on the Asmus family farm, making it a three-generation farm.

After retiring from farming, Wayne and Ruth moved to a home in Waconia in the late 1980s.

Ruth suffered the death of her husband in March of 1992. She had lived at the Crossings and Westview Acres before becoming a resident of Auburn Home in Waconia the past year.

Ruth had been a past 4-H leader and PTA member during the school years of her children. She was an active member of her church. She enjoyed volunteering for over 15 years at Ridgeview Medical Center.

Ruth enjoyed gardening, reading, and listening to music. She appreciated all aspects of nature. As she shared by example, Ruth’s family was her world.

In addition to her husband, Wayne, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Mayme Asmus; an infant daughter; and son-in-law Roger Hildebrand.

She is survived by children Rachel Hildebrand of Savage, Susan Anderson (Bob) of Redwood Falls, Randy Gutzmann (Barb Luehmann) of Stillwater, and Miriam Gutzmann (El Vaughn Williams) of Waconia; grandchildren Michelle Soderberg (Bradley), Melissa Klohn (Todd), all of Shakopee, Sonja Anderson (Peter Crews) of Minneapolis, Gretchen Lowery (Jon) of St. Paul, Kelly Moeller (Brian) of St. Paul, Mark Anderson (special friend Heather Oehler and Jack) of Eagan, and Ethan Gutzmann-Williams of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren Lindsey, Bennett and Paige Soderberg, Andrew, Katelin and Preston Klohn, and Oscar Crews; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services took place Friday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Ev. Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Dale Peterson officiating. The pianist was Shelly Hilgers. Soloist Stephanie Smith sang “The Borning Cry.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment was in the Winsted Public Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday evening, Nov. 5 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America.

Serving as casket bearers were Randy Gutzmann, Bob Anderson, Bradley Soderberg, Todd Klohn, Peter Crews, Jon Lowery, Brian Moeller, Mark Anderson, Ethan Gutzmann-Williams, Bennett Soderberg, Andrew Klohn, Preston Klohn, and Oscar Crews.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America handled the arrangements. For online guestbook visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com